Everything you need to know about painting stucco here in Phoenix

Due to larger events occurring in our state at the moment, more and more of us are spending our days working at home. As a result, you may be noticing small details about your home that you previously overlooked: that flickering light in the hallway, those dirty baseboards in the living room, or that one cracked tile in the kitchen. Outside, you may have also observed that your home’s paint isn’t looking so great. Maybe it’s fading, cracked, or peeling. So, what do you need to know about painting stucco, and what do you need to get started?

In this article, we’ll answer your top questions about stucco exterior painting here in Phoenix, and provide you with a breakdown of how it works and why hiring a professional is the best course of action. To learn more about our process and to get an estimate, contact us today to schedule a virtual estimate with our team.

How often do I need my home to be repainted?

Here in the Valley, our homes face brutal heat and near-constant sunshine, which is only occasionally punctuated by intense monsoon showers, harsh wind, and abrasive dust storms. In other words, the exteriors of our homes get a lot more wear-and-tear than in other parts of the country. Because of this, stucco paint on Valley homes tends to start to fade, peel, crack, or show other signs of age about 5-7 years after the initial application.

A Crash of Rhinos painter painting stucco on the second floor of a Valley home.

A Crash of Rhinos painter applies stucco paint to the second floor of a Valley home.

Of course, the longevity of your paint is also influenced by the thoroughness of the prep work—more on this below—and the quality of the paint itself. This is one of the reasons our company is able to offer our customers a 7-year warranty that most other Valley painting companies are unwilling to match.

If your home was last painted about five or six years ago, start to keep an eye out for signs of paint degradation. This can include chalking, peeling, cracking, or fading paint. If you’ve received a letter from your HOA or you’re planning on listing your home in the near future, you may want to consider having your home’s exterior repainted sooner rather than later.

Is there a special paint for painting stucco?

Yes, and using the wrong type of paint can be disastrous. As we all know, our year-round sunshine can quickly bleach the color out of patio furniture and yard equipment. The same thing happens to your home’s paint. This is why your stucco needs a specially formulated exterior paint designed to block UV radiation and damage. At Crash of Rhinos, we use high-quality, undiluted paint from Dunn-Edwards.

Headquartered in Los Angeles with a paint manufacturing plant here in Phoenix, the team at Dunn-Edwards knows a thing or two about dealing with sunshine. Time and time again, we’ve found that their paint just stands up better to the elements, retaining its color and vibrancy much longer than many other types of paint.

Of course, the paint is just part of the equation. The world’s greatest paint is worthless without the right prep work and application. Here’s what you need to know.

Is a power washing required? What about other prep work?

Absolutely. To make sure that the new paint applies to the stucco the right way, it’s important that the stucco is cleaned, repaired, and prepared. At Crash of Rhinos, we start by going around the home and pulling away rocks and landscaping from the paint surface. We then pressure wash the exterior. Just like your interior walls, grime, pollutants, dust, and chalk can accumulate on the exterior surface of your stucco: if not removed through a thorough pressure washing, these can prevent the new paint from adhering correctly, making the end product look shoddy and unprofessional.

We then go around and repair all the stucco and drywall. After all, stucco takes a beating from more than just sunlight. Woodpeckers, for instance, can drill unsightly holes into stucco. Along the stem wall, we’ll scrape away all the old paint—which is probably peeling off by the time the project starts—and apply waterproofing to prevent the new paint from absorbing water from the soil surrounding your home’s foundation.

When painting stucco, do you need to apply a primer?

Yep! After we’ve finished the rest of our prep work—including masking your doors, windows, light fixtures, and more to protect them—we’ll start by applying an official primer. This layer between the stucco and the paint helps the paint adhere correctly to the stucco surface, and ensures that it’s protected against the elements. Of course, as described above, we use the official Dunn-Edwards primer that is formulated to work harmoniously with their exterior paint. This perfect match ensures that the end product is going to look great and last.

Do I need to hire a professional?

If you have a stucco home in Phoenix that needs to be painted, you really need to hire a professional for your stucco painting. Unlike homes with wood-siding or brick found in many other parts of the country, stucco is notoriously difficult to paint correctly without the right paint, the right tools, and the right experience. As we’ve outlined above, the prep work process is extensive: without a team of painters, just completing the prep work on your own could take you days.

Of course, when you paint your own home, you have no real guarantee that the end result will look great or that the paint will last. If you’re painting to avoid an HOA fee, or to prepare your home for sale, this can be disastrous: you don’t need any new variables introduced. When you hire us to handle your stucco painting, you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the project is going to be done right, done on time, and backed by our 7-year warranty.

Right now, we’re offering free virtual inspections throughout the Valley. If you’ve noticed your home is starting to show signs of fading, peeling, or chalking paint, give us a call so we can talk through your options and next steps.

How to deal with cracked or fading stucco

Stucco is a popular siding option here in Phoenix, and it is easy to see why. Not only is it very attractive, it is easy to maintain and extremely durable. Your house may collapse before your stucco siding wears out. Nevertheless, stucco is somewhat susceptible to forces like shifting, settling, and weather conditions. Faded or cracked stucco can be the result.

Cracking or fading of your stucco is usually not a serious problem. However, it can hurt your home’s aesthetic even if it does not cause structural damage. Fortunately, there are ways that you can deal with stucco fading and cracking.

The best time to address stucco damage is when you’re having your home’s exterior repainted. At Crash of Rhinos Painting, our team specializes in stucco repair and prep ahead of apply new paint. In this article, we’ll review some of the problems stucco exteriors face and how our team can turn things around and have your home looking great again.

Cracked stucco

Stucco is made of three main ingredients: water, lime, and Portland cement. It is applied wet over a wire framework called a lath and then allowed to dry. Some cracking is normal and expected with any cement-based product, and stucco is no exception. As long as the cracks remain hairline, i.e., only about one-sixteenth of an inch thick, and are not excessive in number, they are usually not a cause for concern. If you do not like the way they look, you can seal them by painting your stucco.

Have our professional painters repair your cracked or faded stucco as part of our thorough prep process.

Our professional painters will repair your cracked or faded stucco as part of our thorough prep process.

However, wider cracks or hairline cracks that occur in profusion may indicate a more serious problem. The pattern that the cracks form can indicate the type of problem that is causing the cracking. Diagonal cracks indicate house settling or seismic movements. A regular horizontal and/or vertical pattern indicates an issue with the lath. Spider cracking, i.e., cracks that are grouped together in random patterns, similar to the legs of a spider, points to improper curing of the base coat when the stucco was first applied.

To address these problems, it may be necessary to re-dash the stucco, which means applying it again over the entire home. Cracked stucco tends to occur more frequently in newer houses than in older ones. This is because the materials used to build houses have changed over the past 50 to 60 years. Today plywood is more often used for sheathing than gypsum, and the lumber comes from smaller trees than those harvested in the past.

Faded stucco

Fading of stucco is not as inevitable as stucco cracking, but it is nevertheless very common. There are steps that you can take to prevent stucco from fading or staining.

Stucco can become stained when water splashes up on it from the ground. You can prevent this by adding some sort of barrier around your home to stop the water mid-splash. Landscaping can be effective at doing this. Another way to prevent fading or staining of your stucco is to clean it regularly.

When it’s time to repair and paint your stucco home, call our team

Here in Phoenix, our stucco homes sustain damage from sunlight, woodpeckers, monsoon dust storms, and more. If you’ve noticed your exterior stucco start to show signs of damage or deterioration, it’s time to call our team for a quote on exterior painting.

Here are the best ways to improve the exterior curb appeal of your home

There are several reasons to work on the exterior curb appeal of your home: moving, upkeep, desired change. Whatever your goals, it can be hard to decide what changes would add the most value or appeal to your home. In this article, we’ll review seven of the most effective ways to improve the curb appeal of your home.

Here in the Valley, one of the best methods for making your stucco home more visually appealing to prospective homebuyers is having the exterior of your home professionally painted. Our team at Crash of Rhinos Painting specializes in this service. Get a free quote by calling us today.

The 7 best ways to improve your home’s curb appeal

1. Manicured Lawn

The first thing you should assess is your front yard. How often do you cut your grass and pull weeds? Having a well-manicured yard is a significant influence on people’s first impressions of your home. If you want to start with a low-budget fix for curb appeal, then consider cutting your grass weekly and finding ways to treat and combat weed growth.

2. Planters

Next, consider using planters as a way to bring color and life to the front of your home. It can be hard to make landscaping changes if you live in HOA communities or with condo association rules. Using planters on porches and patios is typically accepted in all communities, especially if they are maintained.

New exterior paint for your stucco home can go a long way when it comes to improving your home's curb appeal ahead of listing.

New exterior paint for your stucco home can go a long way when it comes to improving your home’s curb appeal ahead of listing.

3. Trimmed Shrubs

Do you have shrubs and bushes in your front yard? When was the last time you trimmed the excess growth? Shrubs are plants that often need to be clipped and structured to create the best impression and a pleasant focal point to your home.

4. Pressure Washing

Many homes show their age because of all the dust, dirt, and debris that settles on siding, pathways, and driveways. You can completely refresh the look of your property by going over everything with a pressure washer. The beauty about this curb appeal upgrade is that you don’t need to purchase the machine, you can rent one at most hardware stores.

5. Lighting

Another way to improve your curb appeal is to upgrade the light fixtures outside. Porch lights, garage lights, and even solar-powered garden lamps can create a lovely ambiance to your property at night. Also, the addition of security lighting can add value to your home.

6. Fencing

A stereotype of the American dream is owning a house with a white picket fence. While a picket fence isn’t necessary, many people like to see fences, especially around the backyard of a home. Fencing indicates privacy. However, some fences add more value and appeal than others. For example, chain-link fencing is cheap, but not the most attractive.

7. Exterior Paint

Last, consider having our team repaint the stucco exterior of your home here in Phoenix. If it’s been several years since you’ve had your home painted, chances are that it looks faded and old. That’s not what you want to convey to prospective homebuyers who look at your home in-person and online. Before you list, talk to us. We’ll provide you with a free quote for the project. It might be just what your home’s exterior needs to impress buyers.

More than any other item on this list, exterior paint can be transformative. Talk to Crash of Rhinos to learn more about your options and the difference that the right paint—applied by the right painters—can make.

Here’s why you should hire professional painters before listing your home

Once you decide to put your home on the market, there are several decisions you need to make. Which realtor will you choose? What should your asking price be? How do you prepare for your home sale?

One of the things you should consider when selling your stucco home is painting the exteriors. Many homeowners will decide to take on this task themselves, but there are several benefits to hiring professional painters to do it.

Why hire an exterior painter before listing your home here in Phoenix?

Thorough Prep Work

When homeowners paint their homes themselves, they may notice large problems and fix them. They often miss smaller issues that need to be dealt with so that the paint goes on smoothly. This can give you a lackluster final result.

If you're listing your home this year, have our team care for the exterior stucco and paint before you talk to your realtor.

If you’re listing your home this year, have our team care for the exterior stucco and paint before you talk to your realtor.

At Crash of Rhinos Painting, our professional painters begin each job by prepping the exterior walls. They look for damage and repair it instead of just painting over it. For example, if woodpeckers have damaged your stucco walls, technicians start by repairing the holes.

Color Consultation

There are many color options for painting the exterior of your home. It can be overwhelming, especially if you are trying to find a color that pleases potential buyers.

Professional painters don’t touch your home until they have completed a consultation with you about your goals for the job. They can help you choose the type of paint and the best color. They offer guidance on the best color to make your home stand out among others on the market.

Necessary Experience

Amateur painters don’t always know all the correct steps to take in the painting process. In addition to failing to make repairs, they may also neglect the trim, apply paint unevenly, or neglect to clean up afterwards.

Painting the exterior of your home is one of the most important home improvements before listing. It just makes good sense to get it right. Professional painters know how to do the job well from start to finish so that your home looks great when they’re done.

Paint Warranty

It is expected that amateur painters will make mistakes that result in a lackluster result. Professional work is protected by our 7-year warranty. As professionals, we protect our reputation by guaranteeing the work they do will be exactly what the client paid for. If the end result doesn’t look like it’s supposed to look, a warranty protects the homeowner from investment loss.

Talk to our team before listing your Phoenix home this year

Getting your home ready to go on the market comes with a formidable home maintenance and upgrade task list. Crash of Rhinos Painting can take your exterior paint job off your list. We are particularly adept at prepping stucco walls by smoothing out rough spots and making necessary repairs. Your home’s exterior will look great right before it goes on the market.

Painting cinderblock walls and fencing in Phoenix

Here in the Valley, most backyards are separated by cinderblock walls instead of fences. These gray or brown masonry walls fit with the aesthetic of most Phoenix neighborhoods, but they may not be a perfect fit for what you want out of your backyard. The team at Crash of Rhinos Painting can help with this. In addition to our stucco home exterior painting services, we also offer cinderblock painting.

Get a free estimate for your painting project by giving us a call today.

What is cinderblock?

In our industry, what is commonly called “cinderblock” by most homeowners actually has an official name: Concrete Masonry Unit. This concrete building material is incredibly versatile and durable. Here in the Valley, it’s used in both home construction and in block wall fencing between backyards.

Why paint your cinderblock wall?

Here are three of the reasons you should consider having our team paint your home’s cinderblock wall:

  • Improve the look of your property: Over time, these block walls can begin to look dingy and old. Their original brown or gray isn’t that attractive to begin with, and age tends to mute even these colors. By having us paint your cinderblock wall, you can make your backyard feel vibrant again.
  • Fit the aesthetics of your backyard: Not every backyard design fits with a brown or gray cinderblock wall. By having our team paint your block wall, you can transform your backyard into a more vibrant space that fits your home’s style.
  • Build a backyard movie theatre: One creative use of the backyard block wall is as a makeshift movie screen. By painting one side of the wall white, you can then project movies onto the wall, without the worry of having to maintain a screen.

Can cinderblock be painted?

Painting your cinderblock walls can add a splash of color to your backyard here in Phoenix, Arizona.Yes. Painting the cinderblock in your backyard is possible. There’s just one catch, however: in contrast to stucco, cinderblock uses a fair amount of paint. If you take a closer look at the blocks, you’ll notice tiny air holes and pockets that form a sponge-like surface. These concrete blocks are incredibly porous, which means they soak up paint easily. If you’re going to have us paint your cinderblock walls, we’ll need to bring some additional paint along.

The good news is that most cinderblock doesn’t need extensive pre-treatment or prep work. In fact, most of the preparation for painting cinderblock goes into ensuring that nothing else—including your neighbor’s side of the block wall—gets painted accidentally.

Getting started

If you’re interested in having our team paint your backyard’s cinderblock wall, give us a call today to schedule a free quote. We’ll walk you through the painting process and provide you with more information about colors and the project timeline.

What does peeling paint on your stucco home indicate?

Stucco is a common exterior finish used on homes here in Arizona due to its durability and aesthetically pleasing look. Most stucco homes fit within the aesthetic of neighborhoods and communities here in the Phoenix metro. However, like all exterior building materials, stucco can show signs of damage and wear over time. In this article, we’ll review what you should do if you notice peeling paint on your stucco home.

If you’ve been noticing that the paint on your stucco home is starting to peel, you might need to have your home repainted in the near future. For a free estimate here in the Phoenix metro, call us at Crash of Rhinos Painting!

Find an exterior painting company that repairs peeling paint and stucco problems before painting!What causes stucco paint to peel?

Exterior paint should only be applied over stucco that is free from blemishes and damage, such as hairline cracks and holes. If the exterior of your home has been painted multiple times in the past, peeling paint could indicate that the stucco was not properly prepared or repaired before the paint was applied. This means that the paint didn’t have an opportunity to fully adhere to the stucco surface.

Insist on a longer warranty

This is just one of the reasons why you should only hire an exterior painting company that offers an extensive warranty. Companies that offer 1-year or 2-year warranties may be taking shortcuts, knowing that the paint won’t start to peel until after the warranty has already expired. We take the time to do things right at Crash of Rhinos, which is one of the reasons we offer a 7-year warranty on our work.

Preparing stucco for painting

To properly paint stucco, the exterior painters need to go through an extensive prep work process. This includes pressure washing the surface, repairing any damaged or cracked stucco, and more:

  • Temporarily remove landscaping items and light fixtures for clear access
  • Clean the entire exterior through pressure washing or a similar process
  • Repair any cracks or other damage to the stucco exterior
  • Protect windows, doors, and walkways from paint using masking techniques
  • Prime the exterior
  • Paint the exterior with a quality product
  • Replace any items moved before the painting process

If this prep work is done right and the exterior painters are using high-quality paint specially formulated for stucco adhesion, the results should not only look great, but should also retain their color without fading or peeling far into the future.

See how we treat peeling paint on your stucco home’s foundation:

What should you do if you have peeling paint on your stucco home?

Contact us. We offer free estimates here in the Valley. We’ll meet with you to inspect the exterior of your home and see the extent of the problem. If it’s time for your home to be re-painted, we’ll provide you with an honest, upfront quote and provide you with a proposal folder describing our process in detail. That’s just the way we do things at Crash of Rhinos Painting!

What are the signs your home’s exterior needs to be repainted?

It is important to keep your home’s exterior in great condition for many reasons. This small investment not only boosts your home’s curb appeal, value, and personality, but also acts as the initial line of defense against all kinds of damage such as weather and insects. Some basic maintenance or precautionary measures can really go a long way.

However, after an extended amount of time in our hot climate, signs of wear become almost inevitable. In this article, we will review in detail some of the most common signs that it’s time for a fresh paint job.

Here are the 4 signs your home’s exterior needs to be repainted

#1. Exterior Paint Chalking

Chalking refers to the white, chalky substance that forms on stucco exteriors and walls here in the Valley. It is the direct result of acrylic resins breaking down, leaving behind titanium dioxide—a base pigment in paint. On stucco, exterior paint chalking is caused by age and weathering: as those resins break down, patches of white dust begin to appear.

How can you tell if your exterior is chalking? Look for white patches on your stucco. Run your finger over the spot, and you should come away with a fine powder on your finger akin to chalk.

Here’s something you should know: severe chalking is more likely to occur earlier in the lifespan of the exterior paint if the initial paint was:

  • Applied to an inadequately prepped home
  • Low-grade quality (low-grade paints contain more pigments and less acrylic coating, which leads to more chalking).
  • Improperly sealed

In other words, while chalking is a natural and eventual outcome for most home exteriors after a certain point, premature chalking only a few years into the paint’s lifespan may point to shortcuts that were taken with the initial application.

#2. Fading & Color Morph

Given our high degree of year-round UV exposure, paint fade and color morph are a major threat to the exteriors of our stucco homes. Both problems are caused by the eventual failure of the paint’s tint. Drive around many Valley neighborhoods, and you’ll see homes with faded exteriors and colors that have morphed over time. Take a closer look, and you’ll see the difference in color between parts of the exterior with regular sun exposure and other parts of the stucco that have sat in the shade or only have partial UV exposure.

As with the chalking issue, exterior paint is more likely to fade prematurely if the paint:

  • thinned at the time of application
  • a low-grade paint with a relatively low tint

This is why it is especially important here in Phoenix to work with an exterior painter that uses high-grade, UV-resistant paint. At Crash of Rhinos Painting, we’re proud to use only Dunn-Edwards exterior paint, which is specially formulated for both stucco and our UV conditions here in the desert Southwest.

#3. Flaking, Chipping, Peeling

As we’ve established so far, the exterior paint on our homes takes a beating over the course of our summers and monsoon season. Many exterior paint problems can be attributed to our climate. This includes flaking, chipping, or peeling paint. Over time, sun, wind, rain, and even woodpecker damage can contribute to exterior paint issues.

This is why it is so important that the stucco gets repaired prior to a new layer of paint being put on. In so many cases, old paint problems come back to haunt a home with new paint because the exterior painter did not sufficiently repair the stucco or apply a new primer. Primer is especially important to preventing peeling, chipping, and flaking, since it helps the paint adhere to the stucco walls.

#4. Paint Bubbling

While paint bubbling and blistering is not as common a problem here in our relatively dry climate, it’s still something that you may see on trim sections or in some stucco homes. The appearance of “bubbles” or “blisters” beneath the paint is the result of pockets of moisture making their way out of the stucco and trying to escape through the paint.

Our painters apply DRYLOK to prevent later issues with bubbling paint.

To prevent paint bubbling or blistering, it’s important that the exterior painter fully remove all the previous paint and then apply a waterproofing substance–especially along the stem wall, where there is more likely to be moisture rising up from the soil around your home. Here at Crash of Rhinos, we use a product called DRYLOK for this very purpose. Unfortunately, if this essential step was skipped by your prior painter, you’re more than likely going to start to see paint problems bubbling to the surface on your home’s stucco exterior.

Here are your next steps

If you’re starting to see any of the signs of exterior paint damage listed above, it’s time to call our team for a free inspection and quote. At Crash of Rhinos Painting, we provide exterior painting services throughout the Valley. Our team can help you identify if it’s time to repaint your stucco home.

How often does your stucco home here in Phoenix need painting?

If you live in Phoenix or the Phoenix metro area, you are probably well aware that stucco homes are the most-popular home exterior style in the Valley. It is the perfect exterior for our desert environment, plus it requires much less maintenance than most other home exterior types. The catch here is that stucco requires very special attention while the paint is being applied, which is why you should always entrust a professional exterior painting company with painting your home.

Here at Crash of Rhinos Painting, you can get an estimate from our team and learn more about the entire painting process that we back with our industry-leading 7-year warranty. Contact us today to get started!

You should have your Phoenix stucco home repainted every 7-10 years.In this article, we will discuss all of the ins-and-outs of stucco home painting—including how often should you have your stucco home repainted.

How often should you repaint your stucco?

Stucco is a very durable surface, often being made from a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and sometimes lime. It is also a long-lasting surface, making it the perfect exterior for your home here in the desert. It is very common for homeowners to paint their exterior stucco to give it color. Painted stucco will need to be repainted periodically.

Something else to consider: stucco is prone to cracking from both the house settling and the expansion caused by the heat of the Arizona summer sun. Small cracks are usually nothing to worry about and can be repaired prior to the re-painting process. Paint finishes usually last anywhere from 5-10 years on stucco homes. However, there are a few things that contribute to how long your paint will last.

1. Paint Quality

The quality of paint used on a stucco home affects the entire durability of the finish. You should choose a painting company that uses the highest-quality paint available. Crash of Rhinos uses Dunn-Edwards paints that are specially formulated for the harsh summer sun here in the Phoenix area.

2. Proper Application

As with all finish applications, you must apply the paint to a clean stucco surface to achieve the best adherence between the coating and the structure of the house. Pressure-washing the exterior of the home will remove any dirt, grease, and plant residue from the stucco surface to provide the best base for the paint. Paint is essentially a glue, so the surface it is painted on must be free of any material that prevents it from fully and completely adhering to the walls of the house.

3. Climate

Climate is a huge factor in how often your home will need to be painted. In hot, dry climates—like here in the Valley—the paint will eventually begin to see wear-and-tear from the UV damage caused by the constant sun. This is why choosing the right paint is so important. The Dunn-Edwards exterior paints used by Crash of Rhinos are specifically manufactured to stand up to intense, constant UV bombardment.

When it comes time to paint your stucco home, choose our team

Here at Crash of Rhinos, we go above and beyond for our customers. We only paint stucco exteriors, which means that we specialize in how to paint them right, from our painting prep work and the quality of the paint we use to our 7-year warranty. There is no reason not to choose us! We can get your Valley home looking brand new in no time. Contact us today!